Shannon Burke, Vice-President
Shannon Burke has a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in
English Education, both from the University at Buffalo. Shannon has
taught both middle and high school at a variety of local public,
charter, and private schools. She currently teaches sixth, seventh,
and eighth grade English Language Arts at Elmwood Village Charter
School and is an adjunct instructor at the University at Buffalo.
Vanessa Ludwig, Executive Secretary
Vanessa has a B.S. and an M.S. Ed.in English Education from Buffalo State College. As an undergraduate student, she co-founded the English Education Student Association and as a graduate student, she was involved in the beginning stages of the the English Education Alumni Network. Vanessa has taught both middle and high school students in multiple schools in WNY. She currently teaches 7th grade English Language Arts at Tapestry Charter School.
Kristen Pastore-Capuana, Assistant Director
Kristen Pastore-Capuana, lecturer of English education, joined the SUNY Buffalo State faculty in 2017 after teaching high school English in Western New York for 14 years. Pastore-Capuana received her B.A. at Boston College, and her Ed.M and Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include critical literacy pedagogy, secondary English language arts teacher development, and teacher advocacy.
Scott Reimann,Business Manager
Scott Reimann has a B.A. in English from John Carroll University, a
M.A. in English from Stony Brook University, and a certification in
English Education from the University at Buffalo. Scott has taught
both middle and high school at local public and charter schools.
Currently, he teaches English and communications courses at Bryant and Stratton College.
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Deborah Bertlesman, President
Deborah Bertlesman has a B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo
and a M.Ed. from the University at Buffalo. Deborah has taught
at a diverse array of local public and private schools. Deborah
has served as co-chair of the Women in Literacy Assembly for
the National Council of Teachers of English. Her work focuses on
integration of critical literacy, close reading strategies, and
authentic purposeful writing.
Dr. James Cercone, Director
James Cercone is an Assitant Professor of English Education at
Buffalo State. Prior to joining Buffalo State, James was a Clinical
Professor of English Education at the University at Buffalo and a
former high school English teacher. Dr. Cercone's research focuses
on English teacher identity development from early preservice and
career stages of teachers' careers and beyond.